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Hans Henrich Hock

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Contact Information

1207 W. Oregon St., Room 329
Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Indo-European and general historical linguistics; Sanskrit and South Asian linguistics; Contact linguistics; Language and ideology


M.A., Northwestern University, 1964
Ph.D., Yale University, 1971
D.Litt., Deccan Postgraduate and Research College, 2018

Awards and Honors

D.Litt., Deccan Postgraduate and Research College, 2018; Honorary Life Membership, Societas Linguistica Europaea, 2018; Fellow, Linguistic Society of America, 2013; Convener, Veda Section, 15th and 16th World Sanskrit Conference; Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, 2010

Courses Taught

Linguistics 240

Additional Campus Affiliations

Highlighted Publications


Hock, Hans Henrich. The languages and linguistics of South Asia: A comprehensive guide. Berlin: DeGruyter Mouton, 2016.

Veda and Vedic literature: Select papers from the panel on “Veda and Vedic Literature” at the 16th World Sanskrit Conference. New Delhi: DKPublishers, 2016.

Hock, Hans Henrich. Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to historical and comparative linguistics. Compiled by Brian Joseph, Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2009.

Language history, language change, and language relationship: An introduction to historical and comparative linguistics. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter, 2009.

Hock, Hans Henrich. An early Upanisadic reader, with notes, glossary, and an appendix of related Vedic texts. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2007.

Principles of historical linguistics. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter, 1991.

Edited Books

Hock, Hans Henrich. Vedic studies: Language, culture, and philosophy. New Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2014.

Journal Articles

Hock, Hans Henrich, and Indranil Dutta. "Prosodic incorporation of English utterance final vocatives." The EFL Journal, vol. 4, no. 2, 2013, p. 1-20.

Hock, Hans Henrich. "Proto-Indo-European verb finality: Reconstruction, typology, validation." Journal of Historical Linguistics, vol. 3, no. 1, 2013, p. 49-76.

Hock, Hans Henrich. "Sanskrit and Panini: Core and periphery." Sanskrita Vimarsha, vol. 6, 2012, p. 85-102.

Book Contributions

Hock, Hans Henrich. "Issues in Sanskrit agreement." Issues in Sanskrit agreement. In: Indic across the millennia: From the Rigveda to Modern Indo-Aryan, edited by Jared Klein. Bremen: Hempen Verlag, 2012, p. 49-58.

Recent Publications

Hock, H. H. (2022). Passives and anticausatives in Vedic Sanskrit: Synchronic and diachronic perspectives. In Alignment and Alignment Change in the Indo-European Family (pp. 166-187). Oxford University Press.

Hock, H. H. (2021). Foreigners, Brahmins, Poets, or What? The Sociolinguistics of the Sanskrit Renaissance. Journal on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, 3(2), 1-17.

Hock, H. H. (2020). Principles of historical linguistics. De Gruyter.

Hock, H. H. (2020). The Steppes, Anatolia, India? Migration, Archaeology, Genomes, and Indo-European. Journal on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, 2(4), 1-27.

Hock, H. H. (2019). English in South Asia: Lessons and parallels. World Englishes, 38(1-2), 105-113.

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